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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 388th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 402nd Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 606th
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Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
Don't bother us; Live in peace
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Oskoldia

Population2.007 billion

LeaderBelSon

CurrencyOsk
Animalpanther

The Commonwealth of Oskoldia is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by BelSon with an iron fist, and remarkable for its fear of technology, parental licensing program, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.007 billion Oskolds are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 88.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Oskoldian economy, worth 296 trillion Osks a year, is quite specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Woodchip Exports, Furniture Restoration, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 147,644 Osks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Paraplegics are told to walk it off, the law is more interested in punishing crime than preventing it, young adults still believe that panthers deliver newborns to expecting parents, and the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Oskoldia's national animal is the panther, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Oskoldia is ranked 90,110th in the world and 3,357th in The East Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 1,031.88 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 388thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 402ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 606thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 816thMost Primitive: 1,574thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,586thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,928thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,116thLargest Black Market: 3,146thMost Influential: 3,500thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,760thLargest Mining Sector: 4,017thNudest: 4,251stMost Subsidized Industry: 4,425thLowest Crime Rates: 5,578thMost Devout: 6,771stMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,387thMost Avoided: 7,866thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 8,795thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,581stLargest Governments: 11,006thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,308thMost Ignorant Citizens: 12,499thHighest Average Incomes: 12,937thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,417thMost Efficient Economies: 14,258th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 38th in the regionMost Primitive: 48th in the regionLargest Black Market: 56th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 59th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 65th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 73rd in the regionNudest: 97th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 130th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 131st in the regionMost Avoided: 141st in the regionMost Devout: 153rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 189th in the regionMost Influential: 259th in the regionLargest Governments: 259th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 291st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 306th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 307th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 313th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 333rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 352nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 525th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Oskoldia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Primitive.
  • : Following new legislation in Oskoldia, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass".
  • : Following new legislation in Oskoldia, young adults still believe that panthers deliver newborns to expecting parents.
  • : Oskoldia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Following new legislation in Oskoldia, the law is more interested in punishing crime than preventing it.
  • : Following new legislation in Oskoldia, paraplegics are told to walk it off.
  • : Following new legislation in Oskoldia, scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new.
  • : Oskoldia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens and the Top 5% for Most Devout.
  • : Following new legislation in Oskoldia, military units are often seen arguing over which one is truly favored by the gods.
  • : Following new legislation in Oskoldia, 90% of active duty OAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones.

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